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Trade-A-Boat Issue 471

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no-go zone

ALTHOUGH NOT OFFICIAL TILL AROUND OCTOBER 2016 when parliament will update the Marine Reserves Act 1971, New Zealand’s newest marine reserve is bigger than all previously created reserves by a factor of 35, combined. The coming Kermadec Marine Reserve is set to be around 600,000km which is, for a more relatable perspective, more than twice the size of New Zealand. When I first started reading about the decision by the people upstairs in the Beehive, NZ’s central government building, I found very little detail. So for you, and my own selfish interests, I went as far as reading the transcripts from PM John Key’s UN address. It turns out the area is to overlap the existing economic exclusion zone, majorly expanding the existing reserves around a select few of the island…

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garmin scoops nmea awards pool

Garmin picked up a swag of awards at the prestigious 2015 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Awards in the USA last month, including being named Manufacturer of the Year. Garmin vice president of worldwide sales Dan Bartel said Garmin was honoured to be selected as Manufacturer of the Year. The company also received awards in four product categories: Autopilot; Multifunction Display (MFD); Mobile App – aid to navigation; and Mobile App – end-user utility. “The strength and breadth of our innovative marine product line is second to none, and these coveted awards are a true testament to Garmin’s dedication to the design, manufacture, sale, and support of our marine electronics,” Bartel said. The award in the Autopilot category was the third year in a row for Garmin, this time for its GHP Reactor hydraulic…

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discover sailing

The sailing community of Australia is coming together to help novice boaties discover the fun of sailing, with hundreds of yacht clubs participating nationwide. The annual Discover Sailing Days aim to provide an introduction to this fun, healthy, inclusive and inexpensive experience, with families encouraged to attend the events and enjoy the various land and water-based activities on offer. Victorian Discover Sailing program manager Gavin Wall said: “Discover Sailing Days are a major part of our event calendar and offer the opportunity for the local community to get involved in sailing club life.” “Last year saw more than 4000 people visit some of Victoria’s many sailing clubs, engage in a free sailing experience and enjoy the many benefits our clubs have to offer.” “The family atmosphere and opportunity to sail with experienced sailors, combined…

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laser class announces new sail design

The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) has announced a new class-legal sail design for the Laser dinghy – the first rig update in more than 40 years. Known as the Standard Mark II Sail, the new design features bi-radial panels, heavier cloth and optimised reinforcement patches, all intended to maximise the sail’s competitive life. There are also tapered battens with Velcro pocket closures, a larger window for improved visibility and a re-designed luff tube to eliminate wrinkles. The new design results from thousands of hours testing with Laser builders, the ILCA, major sailmakers and some of the world’s top sailors. But it is not designed to outperform the existing standard sail. Instead, the Mark II has been created to be “backwards compatible” with the existing equipment, meaning it will not improve performance, but rather,…

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save at festival of fourstroke

If you’ve been thinking of picking up a Mercury FourStroke outboard for summer, then you’d better hop to it. For a limited time, participating Mercury dealers are offering up to $700 off FourStroke engines from 2.5hp to 75hp. Better still, this offer is available to recreational and commercial customers – there are no restrictions. Mercury outboards provide performance, superior corrosion protection, efficiency and peace of mind for your summer boating. This offer ends November 20, 2015. Visit your nearest Mercury dealer or go to mercurymarine.com.au…

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riviera recruitment drive

Growing demand and full order books for Riviera’s motor yachts has prompted the Coomera boatbuilder to launch a recruitment drive. Faced with a growing list of new orders and having launched five new models this year, Riviera – Australia’s 2015 Marine Industry Exporter of the Year – will introduce a fifth manufacturing line to meet increased production. Riviera is seeking to fill 30 new positions to add to its list of 450 staff, specifically in the roles of boatbuilding, composite marine electrical engineering fit-out, cabinet making, spray painting, refinishing, plug and pattern making. CEO Wes Moxey said: “Increased global demand is allowing us to grow our dedicated team across the entire business and that is great for Riviera, great for manufacturing in South East Queensland, and great for Australia’s export trade.” “We believe strongly…